A New Jersey Walmart is under fire after a grandmother took her 2-year-old grandson to the live fish department and discovered a dozen darkened tanks filled with dead fish.
“It was a nightmare,” Donna Lohmeyer said of the Flanders store.
“Most (fish) were dead, and rotting in the tanks,” she said. “Many were still swimming—starving, freezing, choking on foul water full of ammonia and algae.”
She said the tanks were off, the filters were removed, and the water was cold.
When she asked to see the pet department manager, she was told he was “on break.”
She waited for more than an hour and then decided she wasn’t leaving without the remaining fish. She took a sick, but still living catfish home with her.
Walmart’s head office in Arkansas told the Mendham-Chester Patch that the store had stopped selling live fish “months ago.”
When Patch sent photos taken by Lohmeyer’s daughter Dina of the rotting tanks, a Walmart representative Kayla Whiting responded.
“This is unacceptable," Whiting told Patch. “There are protocols in place that were not followed, and associates [in the pet department] will be retrained immediately."
Whiting said no employees at the store were reprimanded over the incident.